I'm baaaaaaa-ack! Did you think I'd given up so soon? Not me! So, what happened? Well... the school year ended. And then we had a massive garage sale two days later. And, basically, I fell into a black hole trying to get through end-of-year projects like teacher's gifts and a photo montage for the graduating Kindergarteners at my girls' school (an annual tradition taken on by the room parent- more on that another time).
I don't know how everyone else feels about it, but I swear, the end of the school year could, possibly, be the most stressful time of year for me. The last few weeks are jam-packed with field trips, special events, and schedule changes, and it was complicated even more this year by the fact that the high school lets out a week earlier than the grade school. And then I thought (WHAT was I thinking?!) that it would be a good idea to hold a HUUUUGE garage sale two days later.
But I have to say, I am so incredibly glad that it's all over. I feel nothing but relief that we are done with school for a while, and that I have purged SO. MUCH. STUFF. from our house.
And if I feel that relieved about the end of the year, I can only imagine how teachers everywhere must feel, too. I always feel like they deserve a really big gift at the end of the year (well- all the time, really, but I can only do so many gifts). And I thought I'd share with you what I did for them this year, because I think it's really a great gift for anyone, anytime. Because, sometimes, you just need to Netflix and chill.
Because my older daughter's class had two part-time teachers sharing the job this year (one's a mom to young kids and one was finishing up her Master's Degree), I actually put together three gifts, using two different variations on the theme.
Two of the gift baskets included popcorn, Netflix gift card, Graeter's giftcard, and lots of stuff to make icecream sundaes (Chocolate syrup, sprinkles, crushed Oreos, chopped Reese's Cups, little treat bowls and some sprinkle straws- just for fun). These ones went to theteachers with kids- something for some fun family time!
This third one has a different type of "chill" included, because it went to the teacher who is getting married this summer. I happened to know where she was registered because we did a little class "shower" for her, and I saw the really cute popcorn bowl she had on her registry. So, I went ahead and got that for her and added a bottle of wine, some stemless glasses, popcorn and a Netflix gift card.
After I took this photo, I actually took the bottle of wine out and wrapped it up it tissue before putting it back in. Every year, I think about giving my kids' teachers wine at the end of the year, but I'm not really sure how acceptable that is? I just decided to go ahead and do it this year, but I figured I'd better wrap it up, and also that I should probably be the one to hand it over to her teacher, ha!
So, there you have it! Two different versions of a Netflix & Chill gift basket!